HIV/AIDS Community Information Services: Experiences in Serving Both At-Risk and HIV-Infected Populations

1st Edition

M Sandra Wood, Jeffrey T Huber

Routledge
Published October 17, 2016
Reference - 152 Pages
ISBN 9781138971851 - CAT# Y208364

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Summary

Information forms the basis for education, and currently education is the only weapon available to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and to foster empathy toward individuals already affected by the disease. HIV/AIDS and Community Information Services provides readers with insight into the information construct within the AIDS arena and how that construct affects the provision of information services to the HIV/AIDS affected population. It will serve as an irreplaceable reference as the number of individuals with AIDS increases, creating a greater demand for information and making that information increasingly difficult to provide.

While directories exist to assist with practical approaches to accessing HIV/AIDS-related information, none had served as a comprehensive resource concerning the nature of that information or the provision of information services. HIV/AIDS Community Information Services fills that void. It fosters the enlightenment of the general public concerning the true nature of HIV/AIDS, guides readers in providing information services--both educational and recreational--to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and encourages the dissemination of instructional materials to those individuals at risk for infection. In doing so, contributors provide readers with information about:
  • the relationship between AIDS and the body of information concerning the disease
  • the complex nature of HIV/AIDS-related information
  • available HIV/AIDS information services
  • information as a means for empowerment
  • suggestions for future programs, potential collaboration efforts, and innovative services

    An essential guide for information professionals, librarians, health educators, counselors, members of community-based AIDS service organizations, and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Community Information Services foster the creation, accession, collection, organization, dissemination, and sharing of information concerning the HIV/AIDS epidemic and promotes the provision of services to individuals already affected by HIV/AIDS.

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